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The new live band mixes chip/synth/vapor-wave, surf rock, techno and retro 80s textures with video game soundrack forms, SNES samples and Casio gliss. Live, the electronic drums are replaced by Yusef Killiebrew's intensely powerful, destructive, rhythmic artistry.
“There's nobody that sounds like nmlstyl. Fascinating, complex, extradimensional synthpop.” - Bit Shifter
Bit Brigade performs rock covers of full NES soundtracks as their gamer speedruns them live on stage.
"When was the last time you attended a live music performance with a genuine element of risk involved? And no, going to a Gwar show with a white t-shirt on doesn't count. When Bit Brigade takes the stage your mind will frantically oscillate between "Oh! Agh!! Please don't die!!" and "YES! He's doing it!!" Combining the dread and daring of a live video game speed run with the spot-on technique of a live band covering the musical accompaniment to everything you're seeing on-screen in real time, Bit Brigade will have you swinging between the two mediums. From thrashing about to live renditions of your favorite stage themes, fingers yearning to the sky in a rock 'n roll parody of sea anemones seeming to silently plead, "Please, feed us more fretboard pyrotechnics!," to being locked in stock-still rapture as the infallible maestro of the d-pad, Noah McCarthy, takes on the final boss and risks his video game life under the threat of intense peer scorn (or the reward of night-long glory and a credits score). No matter the outcome, Bit Brigade must play on until the deed is done - which it always is - on the first (and last) try. Once Noah's NES buzzes on, there's no turning back." - Metalhead Mike of The Shizz, summer 2011
Clad in leather and lights, Black Signal (2 time winner: Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Electronic Act) is a 2 piece, live cyberpunk/synthwave band. Synth and guitar mesh with digital drums as they navigate the stage of programmed lights and visual flair. Inspired by a love for retro video games and sci-fi movies, the live show is an interactive experience narrated through projected visuals with a HAL 9000 style sentient computer named Alice.
Black Signal challenges the humans for control of the planet earth!